Posted: 9:54 am Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Steve Spurrier: Nick Saban hasn’t maxed out Alabama’s potential 

By Andy Johnston

Is Steve Spurrier telling Nick Saban that he needs to get of the office more often? (AP)

Is Steve Spurrier telling Nick Saban that he needs to get of the office more often? (AP)

Steve Spurrier likes taking his hacks, on and off the golf course.

His love for golf has been well documented, and he’s well known for his prodding fellow coaches with well-placed barbs.

Spurrier needled Alabama coach Nick Saban in a Sunday story in The State.

South Carolina’s football coach talks about his golf game and his work ethic, comparing the amount of hours he puts in to those worked by Saban and his staff.

“I told Nick Saban one time, I said, ‘Nick, you don’t have to stay there until midnight and your teams would be just as good and win just as many.’ He said, ‘If I could do it the way you do it, I would, but I don’t feel comfortable unless I try to cover every base, every angle, be totally prepared.’ I said, ‘Well, that’s probably why you do it.’ When I come out there, I feel comfortable we are ready to play. We have our game plan in, going to call this, call that and so forth. Everybody is different as far as when they feel they are totally prepared.”

The article continues, with Spurrier perhaps saying that Saban should be doing more considering the time he puts in and Alabama’s top-ranked recruiting classes.

If he worked longer hours “would we be 12-1 instead of 11-2? Oh, you’re kidding. I haven’t heard anybody say that really, but if you wanted to, you can find faults with anybody if they don’t win them all. How many SECs has (Saban) won there in eight years? He’s won two. He’s won three nationals, but he’s only won two SECs in eight years. Now, if you had the No. 1 recruiting class every year and so forth, I don’t know if he has maxed out potentially as well as he could.”

So is Spurrier saying that Saban has underachieved at Alabama? Sounds that way, according to Spurrier.

 

328 comments
patriotdog
patriotdog

I'm a lifetime Dawg, but I love Spurrier's willingness to poke at everybody. If he were our coach, we'd

walk through fire for him.

JaySly
JaySly

spurrier should have never left fla for that disaster in the nfl---he would be making saban money now at fla with 3-4 more national titles.  instead he's stuck at south carolina--they will not win anything.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@SECFactFinder \


What are your thoughts on Florida coming to town this year?  I believe the Gators are going to be a very strong team with a much improved offense under Roper  How good?  We will see.  Much depends on how good Coker is for Bama.  If he is really good, then Bama will be the team to beat this year in the SEC and nationally.  But I think Florida is going to come in and really battle the Tide.  Not sure they will be able to pull an upset, especially if Coker plays well, but I think they will make it a lot closer than people think right now.

CallingOutWhiners
CallingOutWhiners

Every school has issues, it is how you change those issues is how one will be defined.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Andy giving Chip some competition on 10 at 10 day.

themut
themut

This is coming from a guy who hasn't even won the East in 4 years, and who got the ever living hell beat out of him in Atlanta the last time he did. 

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

Funny Mike, spin the hell out of it. 

The bigger question is, if Saban spent the same amount of hours as Brother,

would he have the same record? 

Also, if Saban spent the same time as Brother proclaiming his Christianity,

would he be the Greatest Christian too?


RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

Let's see. 2 SEC titles in 8 year and three BCS titles. Hummmm, maybe Spurrier needs to fashion himself after Nick Saban. Saban must be doing something right.

ATLANTAROLL
ATLANTAROLL

If you are a Great Golfer,and Spurrier is pretty darn good,your under acheiving as a football coach.This is a bonafied,well known fact.How many title does DarkVisor have again ? One thing he has never been is humble..........or classy.

Retired2x
Retired2x

Ball Grouch is at it again.  How many Super Bowls did he win at Washington with his Deadskins?

CallingOutWhiners
CallingOutWhiners

Here is stat that is unbelievable :


The 2008 Florida Gator squad has had 38 players from that team arrested and continues to grow.

Chuck_UGA
Chuck_UGA

Tell you what, Spurrier is a great coach and an even better man. He's done his thing against Georgia and made up for that '66 loss many times. I consider it a significant win to beat that man. SC will miss him greatly when he retires. He is a masterful coach, and most certainly a good family man as well. Would love to play a round of golf with him. I love Mark Richt as well, so just calling out a great coach.

CallingOutWhiners
CallingOutWhiners

But when you look at the big picture thanks to arrestnation.com, which tracks pro and college athletes' and coaches' arrests since Aug. 2010, LSU has had the least amount of football players arrested of all SEC schools except Vanderbilt.

Since that date, LSU has had seven players (counting the latest addition of Mills) arrested eight times. The SEC leader is Georgia, which has 19 players arrested 19 times. Texas A&M and Missouri have had 17 players each arrested (Mizzou head coach Gary Pinkel was also arrested for a DUI), and Tennessee has had 16 players arrested, including 10 at an out-of-control house party this past February

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@WhiskeyBreath 


God will get you for that you heathen!!!!!!!!!!


Not really because God has no time or desire to get involved. If he did CMR would lead UGA to the MNC every year and the Heisman trophy would be changed to the Richt  trophy. At least that's what my friend and advisor 350 told me!!!


Let it be!!!!!!!!!!

ATLANTAROLL
ATLANTAROLL

Yes............Now bow to Our Dark Lord !

Roll Tide.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@ATLANTAROLL Humble and Classy, you just described CMR. Hasn't worked of for him yet.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@CallingOutWhiners 


Not currently on the campus of the U of F, except for the criminal behavior of barking at a dog locked up in a police car......in jest.  Muschamp has put an end to the Meyer culture in Gainesville.  

TampGator1
TampGator1

@CallingOutWhiners 


So, Florida is now responsible for the behavior of adults later in life....after they have left the university.  LOL.

BookinWeasel
BookinWeasel

He will NEVER get back that 66 loss and it will eat at him the rest of his days.....

CobbCountyBraves
CobbCountyBraves

@CallingOutWhiners

If you were twice as smart, you'd still be stupid.

Key word:  arrested.

Pretty well known fact that places like Tuscaloosa, Gainesville, Auburn & Clemson police departments simply call the university coaches to pick their players up and no one is ever "arrested."

Athens Police, on the other hand, will NEVER give UGA players a break...they will "arrest" them ion the spot, as they should, because they honor their oaths.

georgiajeepn2013
georgiajeepn2013

@gtcaryd With their youngest and most inexperienced defense ever a very disappointed Georgia Bulldogs team which finished 8-5 team managed to come from behind and defeat the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in overtime. As usual not that big a deal to Georgia fans but gtcaryd vowed daily visits to blogs Georgia fans use to needle them about arrests, Mark Richt's overall record, losses to OTHER teams and anything else that makes him feel better about Tech football. When asked how long he intended to keep this up he just shrugged and said till we beat Georgia. He then muttered something about no end is in sight!

georgiajeepn2013
georgiajeepn2013

@gtcaryd With their youngest and most inexperienced defense ever a very disappointed Georgia Bulldogs team which finished 8-5 team managed to come from behind and defeat the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in overtime. As usual not that big a deal to Georgia fans but gtcaryd vowed daily visits to blogs Georgia fans use to needle them about arrests, Mark Richt's overall record, losses to OTHER teams and anything else that makes him feel better about Tech football. When asked how long he intended to keep this up he just shrugged and said till we beat Georgia. He then muttered something about no end is in sight!

ATLANTAROLL
ATLANTAROLL

Yeah,would love to see that monkey off his back.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Hangonsloopy


Urban "the liar" Meyer is now coaching in Columbus, Ohio.....that is what I say.  Again, sure you want to do this? 

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@CobbCountyBraves @CallingOutWhiners Oh please corncobb, enough of the "everybody's PD takes them to there coach but not Athens PD" how about Nashville? Vandy did take care of your dawgs last year. Now that your coach has pardoned 2 of the 4 checkers it will probably get worse.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@CallingOutWhiners 


Yes, I just read those arrest records.  Most of them were minor offenses that were dismissed, and some under aged drinking.  Shame on those players.  And several of those arrested were walk on players. 

TampGator1
TampGator1

@CallingOutWhiners


Yeah....you keep everyone tuned in as to what is going on at Florida.  I am sure you have a pipe line directly to Foley's office.  Gators coming back really strong in 2014. 

georgiajeepn2013
georgiajeepn2013

@gtcaryd With their youngest and most inexperienced defense ever a very disappointed Georgia Bulldogs team which finished 8-5 team managed to come from behind and defeat the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in overtime. As usual not that big a deal to Georgia fans but gtcaryd vowed daily visits to blogs Georgia fans use to needle them about arrests, Mark Richt's overall record, losses to OTHER teams and anything else that makes him feel better about Tech football. When asked how long he intended to keep this up he just shrugged and said till we beat Georgia. He then muttered something about no end is in sight!

georgiajeepn2013
georgiajeepn2013

@gtcaryd Overall? CSS. Now does that make me want to go on blogs that South Carolina fans frequent and ruffle their feathers everyday? No.

Now here is your question. Why does a person want to get online everyday year in and year out and do the exact same thing? College football is too great a subject to spend a lot of time arguing endlessly in what amounts to the same people banging their heads against the wall daily. Do you think you will ever convince a single person on here to magically change their views? Could they change yours? This was a Spurrier-Saban thing changed to a Spurrier, Saban, Richt, Tech, Florida, Arrests and everytime I get on here it is the same old same old over and over again. AJC.com would be the best venue in America for talking college football but a few people have ruined it forever I am guessing.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@georgiajeepn2013 What in the world does what i posted to corncobb have to do with what you posted? Myself and i am sure countless others get tired of you humps blathering about how all the Police in other college towns just turn their head and the Athens police try to lock up all the poor little pups. I enjoy Tech football every year, and if i muttered something to you it was probably, 34 and counting.

GTBob
GTBob

@georgiajeepn2013 The AJC thrives on the environment that exists now. Im sure you would love blogs that have 20-30 posts in them with everyone holding hands and singing kumbaya, but im not sure that is what everyone else wants. Especially the AJC themselves.

georgiajeepn2013
georgiajeepn2013

@GTBob I fully agree. The AJC wants hits to their blogs no matter how repetitive they are. I guess I just can't understand why so many people on here seem so bitter about the greatest sport ever. College football.

GTBob
GTBob

@georgiajeepn2013 While I wouldn't agree that CFB is the best sport ever, it does have some passionate fans which lead to what you call bitterness. If you want everyone to be happy together you might have chose the wrong sport.